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Office of Mayor Kate Gallego​



Get to Know Mayor Gallego 


Mayor Kate Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and the youngest big city Mayor in the United States. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Before being elected to Phoenix City Council, Mayor Gallego worked on Economic Development for local utility company, Salt River Project. 

Mayor Gallego has focused on three key policy areas during her time in office: diversifying the economy, strengthening infrastructure investment, and working to make Phoenix a leader in sustainability. Her record of proven results includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix's citywide transportation plan through 2050, which was the largest local government commitment to transportation infrastructure in the country when it passed in 2015.  She has led efforts on criminal justice reform and ensuring equal pay for equal work. Mayor Gallego is passionate about building a Phoenix that works for everyone and increasing the quality of life for all Phoenicians.

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States and is currently the fastest growing city in the country.​



 

 

PHOENIX GETS 11 NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERShttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1895Mayor's Office5/12/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1895/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgPHOENIX GETS 11 NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS<div class="ExternalClass7C7E102C70EA4CA997FA381EAF4824F2"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council have authorized the purchase of additional Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. The dual-port charging stations are for use by the public and will be installed at eleven locations parks and library locations city-wide. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​</span></p> <p>“Electric vehicles are a critical part of our clean-energy future," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “To have cleaner air, and to blunt the effects of climate change, we must move away from gasoline and toward electricity. Yet, many people are still hesitant because of what's called 'range anxiety' – the worry that the EV's charge will run out before they reach their destination. Easing that anxiety means having more charging stations at more locations and thanks to SRP, that is exactly what we're accomplishing."<br></p> <p>These installations are possible because of an incentive rebate program Salt River Project (SRP) made available to cities. Total cost to purchase and install these charging stations was an estimated $224,000. The SRP rebate brings the city's cost down to less than half of the cost associated with installing the charging stations.<br></p> <p>“SRP's EV-related incentives promote improved electric vehicle infrastructure across the Valley which supports our EV drivers and increases EV adoption," said Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive at SRP. “SRP is thrilled the city of Phoenix recognizes the value associated with adding more EV charging stations and helping remove barriers for residents driving electric. The reward is lower carbon emissions and improved air quality for years to come."<br></p> <p>Electric vehicles and the essential infrastructure to support them remains a high priority for newly inaugurated District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari.<br></p> <p>“Ensuring that electric vehicles are affordable for working families and advancing electric infrastructure are powerful ways to combat air pollution in our city, and we will reap the benefits for generations to come," said Councilwoman Ansari. “It's a multi-fold return on investment. Electrification is set to create thousands of good-paying jobs, improve tourism, and position Phoenix as a global leader on climate action and sustainability."<br></p> <p>Mayor and council members also authorized Phoenix to sign-on to the <em>C40 Clear Air Cities Declaration</em>. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.c40.org/">C40</a> is a network of the world's megacities committed to addressing climate change.<br></p> <p>Ozone and particulate matter pollution remain serious challenges for the Phoenix metro area. By signing-on to the Declaration, Phoenix gains access to resources and information, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with cities worldwide in the effort to identify best practices and put those effective ideas to work here. The Declaration also further affirms Phoenix's commitment to achieving excellent air quality.  ​<br><br></p> <p>For more information about environmental programs and sustainability in the city of Phoenix, please visit <a target="_blank" href="/oep">https://www.phoenix.gov/oep</a>.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Signs the Mayor's Monarch Pledge https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1878Mayor's Office4/30/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1878/Monarch Pledge.jpgMayor Gallego Signs the Mayor's Monarch Pledge <div class="ExternalClass1F2FF25065A24DF2A66505C18A64DA1F"><html> <p>​</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Today, Mayor Gallego celebrated National Native Plant Month and her signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge by visiting the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">The LEED Platinum certified Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center in the heart of Phoenix’s Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area—a 600-acre park space in the historic Salt River corridor. Located less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, the Center is a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by over 200 species of birds and other wildlife.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Rio Salado has several efforts underway to promote native plant growth and support habitats for monarchs and other species, including an invasive species removal program, a monarch waystation garden, educational signage and materials, and the upcoming planting of additional pollinator plants and milkweed in Fall 2021.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Following Mayor Gallego’s signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs plans to coordinate with departmental liaisons to develop a five-year plan of city actions.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">The City has already taken action to help Monarch butterflies by creating a monarch waystation garden as part of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration project along the Salt River near downtown Phoenix.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Multiple city departments, including Water, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Library, City Manager’s Office, Communications Office, and Arts & Culture, have committed to participate in developing and implementing actions to achieve the pledge commitment. Action could include efforts such as engaging with private partners to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat, creating community art projects, promoting monarch habitat via outreach to media and schools, providing educational materials, and identifying opportunities on city-owned property to develop monarch habitat or demonstration gardens.​​​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor’s Budget Priority: $15 Million for Mental Health Crisis Interventionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1812Mayor's Office3/17/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1812/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpg Mayor’s Budget Priority: $15 Million for Mental Health Crisis Intervention<div class="ExternalClassD43BD0260F9841AE9199511707AEB957"><html> <p>​</p> <p>The city's trial budget, presented to Mayor and council members today, includes a <strong><em>massive, first-of-its-kind program to overhaul interactions between first responders and residents experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. </em></strong></p> <p>The $15 million investment to augment the Community Advocacy Program (CAP) is part of a <strong><em>$21 million commitment</em></strong> to improving accountability, transparency, responsiveness and trust in public safety. <br></p> <p>Once the final budget is approved, the CAP will operate out of the Phoenix Fire Department and will remove primary responsibility for mental health response from Phoenix Police. A program similar to CAP has existed for years at the fire department but was not adequately funded for this kind of program, and was staffed largely by volunteers. The expanded CAP, when fully operational, will consist of 19 mobile units: ten units will be professionally staffed by civilian city employees and will provide crisis response, connection to care, and other social services; nine units will involve a public-private partnership with a behavioral health provider to ensure those who suffer with mental and behavioral health conditions receive ongoing case management and counseling services. <br><br></p> <p>“Since coming into this office, I've advocated for a fundamental change in our approach to public safety," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Throughout the nation, and here in Phoenix, a large and increasing percentage of calls are from people who need help and have no idea where to get it, so they call for police. Now, instead of an armed officer, residents will be able to get assistance from a professional who is armed with information and training. We can connect people to the services they need while reducing negative interactions and sometimes deadly consequences."<br><br></p> <p>At the start of the pandemic one year ago, the city engaged in careful stewardship of its funds to avoid layoffs and keep essential city services operating. That cautious approach has generated a General Fund surplus of $153 million. As a result, in addition to public safety reform, the proposed budget also advances several more of Mayor Gallego's priorities:<br></p> <p> <strong>Climate Change:</strong>  the budget proposal provides for nearly $3 million and 14 positions to combat climate change. A new Office of Heat Response and Mitigation will be charged with implementing heat response strategies and urban heat island mitigation solutions. Also included is funding and staff support for increased strategic tree plantings throughout the city, among other responsibilities that contribute to sustainability in the City of Phoenix and throughout the region. The budget also calls for more staff and equipment for solar energy inspection with the goal of fostering increased adoption. <br></p> <p> <strong>Diversity and Equity:</strong> the budget creates a new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to promote equitable and respectful treatment of all people. <br></p> <p> <strong>COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery:</strong> Throughout the pandemic, the city has benefitted from advice provided by experts in public health; the budget would continue those services. An additional seven positions would be created to address the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19 by providing mobile outreach and Wi-Fi services to the community; food assistance; and more. </p> <p> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Affordable Housing and Homelessness</strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">: funds would be allocated for managing the development of affordable housing; ensuring job services are available to those residents receiving rapid re-housing services; and maintaining cleanliness in the area surrounding the downtown Human Services Campus.</span> </p> <p> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">College Depot:</strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> the budget expands this program to accommodate the growing demand for GED and college-exam preparatory classes.</span> </p> <p> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Arts and Historic Preservation:</strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> this budget proposal will contain the largest commitment in a decade to historic preservation, along with funding for arts programming for youth, training for arts professionals, and “pop-up" arts programming around the city at libraries, community centers and cultural centers.</span> </p> <p>“As I've said many times, the pandemic is not over. We still must stay vigilant and make data-driven decisions that protect the health of our community while acknowledging that things are improving," said Mayor Gallego. “I'm so proud of all we've been able to accomplish in spite of COVID-19, and I'm hopeful and optimistic about the future. This budget supports my vision for the Phoenix we are building together." <br></p> <p>Now that the trial budget has been presented to Mayor and council, the city will embark on a series of Virtual Community Budget Hearings that will continue throughout April. The city council will take a final vote on the proposed budget on May 18. Final adoption of the FY 2021-22 will occur in June. ​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor, Council Unanimously Approve Funding Plan to Make Phoenix Streets Safer https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1813Mayor's Office3/3/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1813/Streets.pngMayor, Council Unanimously Approve Funding Plan to Make Phoenix Streets Safer <div class="ExternalClass261B38F9B7604876A8FE34A4C6B0FB40"><html> <p>​</p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have approved a new, multi-million-dollar investment to make Phoenix streets safer to walk, bike, and drive.</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he current rate of traffic crashes and pedestrian and driver fatalities is too high</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">," said Mayor Gallego. “</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This is not a new subject for us – we created an Office of Pedestrian Safety in 2018, but that is only one part of a comprehensive safety plan. The funds allocated today</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> will help save lives and get this problem under control."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Th</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">e investment includes the allocation of $3 million in Street Transportation Department's </span> <em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Transportation 2050</em> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> funds; $3 million in General Funds over five years; and five additional staff positions funded by Arizona Highway User Revenue Funds.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">There are too many pedestrian fatalities and vehicular collisions occurring on Phoenix streets—and we are committed to finding ways to better protect pedestrians and drivers," said Councilwoman Debra Stark. “This new investment and comprehensive approach are important steps toward making our streets safer."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">oday's action authorizes the Street Transportation and Police Departments to develop a Roadway Safety Action Plan, focused on reducing the number of injury and fatality crashes. Although it could take a year to develop the full plan, short-term actions can now be implemented quickly. Those actions include additional street signage, roadway striping, and cutting back vegetation that intrudes onto the roadway. Mid-term and longer-term projects can include new pavement, new traffic signals and reconstruction of particularly dangerous intersections.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Mayor pointed out that the city has already completed extensive work to improve safety, including the installation of 68 HAWK signals (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk signals – the flashing red lights that cause drivers to stop when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway). Plans call for the city to increase these installations to an additional ten to fifteen HAWK signals each year.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he city's Streets Transportation Department operates 1,158 traffic signals throughout the 520-square mile geographic area of the City of Phoenix.</span> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix Celebrates Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing Propertyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1811Mayor's Office3/2/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1811/Monroe Gardens.jfifPhoenix Celebrates Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing Property<div class="ExternalClass1A0E907E6A8146A991C37162F1E82EDA"><html> <p>​</p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">The city of Phoenix Housing Department is celebrating the grand opening of Monroe Gardens Apartments replacing the aged A.L. Krohn East public housing complex built in the 1960s.<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">“Our vision to create a stronger and more vibrant Phoenix starts with increased housing options for all residents regardless of income level or family size and Monroe Gardens offers just that," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I am proud to see this project come to fruition and offer my sincere welcome to the residents who will call it home."<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">Monroe Gardens Apartments, 1441 E. Monroe St., are located in the Eastlake Community near downtown Phoenix. The new development transformed 38 outdated public housing units into 78 project-based Section 8 rental assistance units. Residents continue to pay 30 percent of their income for rent and maintain the same basic rights as in the public housing program.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">“The grand opening of Monroe Gardens Apartments is an important step towards building a safer, inclusive city," said Councilmember Carlos Garcia. “I am proud to have these apartments and families in my district and will continue to advocate for affordable housing for all Phoenicians."<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">Monroe Gardens Apartments consist of five buildings, with one-to five-bedroom units, and are equipped with modern amenities designed for families. A partnership with APS Solar Communities Program will add solar-covered carports to the property and provide tenants with a $15 monthly bill credit on their energy bill.<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">Eighteen public housing families have relocated back into the new development to enjoy the modern, energy-efficient units and amenities that include a community room, computer lab, ramadas, BBQ grills and a covered playground. This property is also conveniently located near a light rail station in the downtown Eastlake Community.<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">This $20 million redevelopment benefits the residents, the neighborhood and the city by replacing aged housing with safe, modern and affordable housing. Its modern design helps revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and encourages additional investment in the community. <br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <p style="margin-bottom:14px;font-size:16px;box-sizing:border-box;font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif !important;line-height:18px !important;">​The construction of the new property was made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, a public-private partnership using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and a collaboration with developer Gorman & Company.<br style="box-sizing:border-box;"></p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office